Pallone disputed his GOP colleagues' claims that a surtax on wealthy Americans to finance healthcare reform would disproportionately affect small business owners during a conference call organized by the Democratic National Committee (DNC).
"For small businesses, they benefit more from this health plan than anybody," said Pallone, the chairman of the subcommittee on Health for the House Energy and Commerce Committee.
Rep. Jan Schakowsky (D-Ill.) went a step further, asserting that healthcare reform could actually spur the creation of more small businesses.
"This really inspires entrepreneurship," she said. "People who want to set up their own small businesses can do it."